Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Image: A black-bird had outwitted me to my ripe papaya.
Note: The fruit had ripened to slight orange in color the day before and ready
to be picked the following morning. But the bird was faster. This had happened
twice before. For good measure  this time it even came with a look-out to make
sure the coast was clear.

Daredevil of a
kind.  It set its own designs
Scrambled in that fast

Zeroed in to my
ripe papaya.  Quick on the
draw. Its third success

The fruit turned orange
yesterday.  But this morning
it was half eaten

The culprit had sneaked
in that fast. Now it even
came with a look-out

Written for Leo's Haiku Heights #245 with prompt daredevil. Shared with d'Verse OpenLinkNight week 95


  1. Should have picked it yesterday :(
    Fine haiku story.

  2. ha, mischievious bird...you got to pick the fruit when you see it or someone will for sure...i chuckled at him coming back for a peek as well...oy

  3. Very interesting Haiku woven into a story.

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  5. The birds too have to enjoy the spring-summer collections ;) and what better place than the garden bounties!! :)

  6. Cute little daredevil though frustrating for you. Storytelling haiku :))

  7. haha working in a pair, smart as they eat and stare

  8. very nice series of haiku stanzas.
    THe blackbird lookout is charming! i love those deep orange papayas.
    may the next one be yours.

  9. That's the problem with fruit. Never had a single cherry from my cherry tree...

  10. This pulled me in Hank--lovely way to tell this tale!

  11. Must be a redventedbulbul :-)

    Wonderful gambit!


  12. Hank,

    I guess one has to watch the fruit with a careful eye.

  13. Did you eat the half he left for you?

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  15. Oh you have a papaya tree awesome =) Great haiku!

  16. Oh, that was fantastic story-telling! So, the culprit-fruit-pecker was greedily eyeing the fruit..and you didn't notice! hahaha...

  17. Superb little narrative. Great telling.

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  19. I fought so many such daredevils in my own backyard..
    I hate it most when they pick on my fav Mango :(

  20. Tats a superb narration! And nature is so beautiful and sometimes naughty like this bird! :)

  21. Hank, what a snotty bird! Eating your papaya, rude feathered demon. I planted corn once and, the morning of the "big picking," I came out and found raccoons. They had taken exactly one bite out of each of 32 ears of corn. The little creeps!

    So, you see, I feel your pain... hope you get ahead of them next time, or maybe you can construct a little cage around the ripening ones?! Funny but also a little sad, for you, at least. Amelita